QB Brian Griese - Free Agent

6-3, 215Born: 3-18-1975College: MichiganDrafted: Round 3, pick

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2008 Week 2 vs ATL (18 / 31 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Brian Griese got the starting nod against the Falcons, and while he started off playing pretty well, in the end Griese's numbers looked similar to a typical game from the player he replaced in the lineup, Jeff Garcia. Griese was 18 of 31 for 160 yards and a first quarter touchdown pass from five yards out to TE John Gilmore. Behind Griese, the Tampa Bay offense seemed as out of sync as it was in the opener, and Head Coach Jon Gruden look disappointed after a number of missed opportunities Griese missed throughout the game. While he did not throw any interceptions, Griese did have a fumble on a play he was flushed out of the pocket and hit from behind that Atlanta was able to recover. The good news for Griese is that the Buccaneers came out with a victory, something Garcia was unable to produce in week one.

2008 Week 3 vs CHI (38 / 67 / 407 / 2 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Brian Griese started out slow and timid. By the end of the game it was a great performance. Although his interceptions were very poor throws and he dumped a few throws for penalties he was able to recover. At times he did not look like a veteran. Then he would put together streaks of completions but Griese couldn't finish the deal. The end second half was a different story. The urgency helped Griese and Tampa Bay went no huddle at the end. Griese was able to wear down the Bears defense and pick them apart. Most of his points came in the fourth quarter and overtime. He looked like a different player at the end of the game and carried the Buccaneers to a win. There was a very bad call at the end of the game that changed everything. Griese pulled the offense together before the play was called and took them by the horns. The conversation must have been good because Tampa Bay drove another 80 yards and won the game.

2008 Week 4 vs GB (15 / 30 / 149 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)

Despite a less than stellar performance, Griese made enough timely plays in this game to lead the Buccaneers to their third straight victory. Playing on Green Bay's half of the field for a large portion of this game, the quarterback led the Tampa Bay offense on five scoring drives that resulted in two touchdowns and three field goals. His nine yard touchdown pass to TE Alex Smith was his fourth scoring toss of the year, but for the second game in a row the Tampa Bay signal caller threw three interceptions.

2008 Week 5 vs DEN (13 / 19 / 88 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was a rough game for Brian Griese against his former club. Griese finished 13 of 19 for just 88 yards and was forced to leave the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. Griese was efficient while he was in the game, but the Broncos front seven got to him with pressure and forced him to hit his check downs. Former starter Jeff Garcia played ok in his relief, so owners will want to keep an eye on his injury status and the whole QB situation in Tampa Bay throughout the week.

2008 Week 15 vs ATL (26 / 37 / 269 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Griese filled in for the injured Jeff Garcia and completed 26 of 37 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Griese was efficient in Gruden's offense and he completed passes to eight different receivers. His touchdown pass came in the second quarter on a 20 yard scoring pass to WR Antonio Bryant.

2007 Week 4 vs DET (34 / 52 / 286 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Griese made his first start for the Chicago Bears and his first touchdown came in the second quarter. It was third and nine from the Detroit 15 yard line and the Lions rushed seven. He stood in the pocket and found Muhammad running a slant in the end zone. His second touchdown pass went to Desmond Clark with just 52 seconds in the game. He threw for 286 yards but one of his three interceptions was returned for a Detroit touchdown. Griese spread the ball around but the Lions were able to sack him six times and hurried him most of the afternoon. He hasn't started in two years, however, and had to be a little rusty. He did enough to keep Grossman on the bench, but that may change if the Bears cannot get some of their defensive starters back or their running game untracked.

2007 Week 5 vs GB (15 / 25 / 214 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Griese managed a good game, especially on the heels of week four's three interception debacle. He was 15 of 25 (60%) for 214 yards (for an 8.56 yards per attempt average) with two touchdowns and one interception. He showed decent instincts and appeared to be growing comfortable as the Bears leader on the offense. Griese preferred targeting his tight ends, throwing eight balls to rookie Greg Olsen and five to Desmond Clark. Olsen and Clark were also the recipient of Griese's touchdown passes. He didn't look to his wide receivers much, although when he did look deep it was usually to Bernard Berrian and it was usually well off target. He was much more accurate with short and medium length throws. His play action pass to Clark was the game clinching score that allowed Chicago to complete their comeback from ten points down. Head coach Lovie Smith mentioned in his post game press conference that he was pleased with the quarterback play.

2007 Week 6 vs MIN (26 / 45 / 381 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Griese completed passes to nine different receivers and completed 58% of his passes for an average of 8.5 yards per passing play, but could not overcome the deficit created by the Vikings strong rushing attack. Griese threw a perfect pass to Devin Hester late in the game to tie the score up at 31, and had threaded the ball into Muhsin Muhammed and Bernard Berrian earlier in the game for long touchdown passes.

2007 Week 7 vs PHI (27 / 41 / 322 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Griese was having another solid game for the Bears, but up until late in the fourth quarter could only manage to lead the club to four scoring drives that ended in field goals. With his club trailing 16-12, Griese led a 97 yard drive with less than two minutes left and zero timeouts that he capped off with a game winning 15 yard score to WR Muhsin Muhammad. On the drive, he showed his experience and command in the huddle while making big play after big play to set up the winning score. For the game, Griese finished 27 of 41 for 322 yards and a touchdown.

2007 Week 8 vs DET (22 / 40 / 208 / 1 / 4 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Griese completed five of seven passes for 37 yards in the first quarter. But the Bears struggled moving the chains on the first couple drives of the game. They did get the ball in field goal range in the first quarter, but failed to make the field goal. Griese lead the Bears deep into Lions territory midway through the second quarter, but threw an interception trying to hit WR Mark Bradley in the end zone. He finished the half 12 for 17 for 86 yards and one interception. Griese hit TE Greg Olsen for a 20 yard touchdown midway through the third quarter after getting great field position on a WR Devin Hester punt return. But the momentum from that touchdown didn't last long as Griese threw his second interception on the next possession. The Bears got the ball deep in Lions territory again after a turnover, but Griese threw his third interception trying to hit Bradley again in the end zone with double coverage on him. His fourth pick would come at the end of the game when he under-threw WR Mushin Muhammad in the end zone. It capped a miserable day for Griese who threw four interceptions and had one lost fumble.

2007 Week 10 vs OAK (10 / 14 / 97 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Griese left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury, and did not return to the ballgame. Prior to the injury, Griese was 10 of 14 for 97 yards, zero touchdowns and no interceptions and one fumble. He just could not get much going against the Raiders, engineering just one scoring drive before the injury that resulted in a field goal. Griese and the Bears offense looked sluggish, and seemed to get a little spark after the injury when former starter Rex Grossman entered the game. The extent of his injury was not known following the game.

2007 Week 14 vs WAS (27 / 45 / 295 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)

Griese replaced QB Rex Grossman after he went down with a knee injury early in the game. He did not look good in the first half and struggled to move the ball. Griese threw a bad pass that was intercepted by CB Shawn Springs late in the first half and was returned to the Bears 21 yard line. The turnover led the Redskins to their only touchdown in the first half on the next play. Griese's next pass was also intercepted by Springs with five seconds left in the first half. He was nine for 17 for 65 yards in the first half. He was able to move the ball a little better in the third quarter as he had 117 yards passing in that quarter and a 17 yard touchdown pass to WR Bernard Berrian. Griese was never able to make any big plays in the passing game, they had only one play over 20 yards, but he was able to put up pretty good yardage numbers off of 45 pass attempts.

2006 Week 2 vs DET (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Griese came in for Grossman at the end of the fourth quarter, with the game well in hand for the Bears. He completed his one passing attempt to wide receiver Mark Bradley for five yards.

2006 Week 4 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Griese came in on the Bears' last two series. He only handed the ball off to Chicago rushers.

2006 Week 5 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 29 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Griese came on in the fourth quarter of the blowout and completed all four of his passes for 29 yards and led the team to their final ten points.

2006 Week 8 vs SF (2 / 3 / 11 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Griese relieved Rex Grossman to start Chicago's first drive of the fourth quarter. He had only three pass attempts. Griese's first pass came up short. He completed the next two for 11 yards. Griese was credited with two rushes for minus two yards on two kneel-down plays at the end of the game.

2006 Week 16 vs DET (6 / 9 / 51 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Griese has been hearing his name shouted by fans and media a lot this year. As Rex Grossman has struggled, the calls for Griese have mounted. Head Coach Lovie Smith finally pulled Grossman and let Griese run the offense for the final two series of the game. Griese responded with two scoring drives, albeit they each ended with a field goal. He should stand a good chance of getting more time as the signal caller in the final regular season game of the year for Chicago.

2006 Week 17 vs GB (5 / 15 / 124 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Griese was expected to play in the game but was not sure exactly when that time would come. With a dismal performance from Grossman in the first half, head coach Lovie Smith was forced to put Griese in earlier then expected. Griese started the second half for the Bears and was equally unimpressive. Griese started the half just three for 11 for 27 yards with an interception until connecting with Mark Bradley on a 75 yard touchdown with 34 seconds to play in the third quarter. Griese threw two inexcusable interceptions deep in Green Bay territory on third down plays, eliminating any chances the Bears had for a comeback. Griese ended his half of play and the game going five of 15 for 124 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Griese did nothing spectacular to fuel any quarterback controversy but leaves head coach Lovie Smith with serious doubts at the quarterback position.

2005 Week 1 vs MIN (18 / 29 / 213 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Griese got off to a slow start as he seemed to have early season jitters trying to find a rhythm with his receivers. He threw two early interceptions down the field in the first half, one for an 88 yard touchdown return and another on a pass that he was trying to throw away. After his two interceptions, he looked great, spreading the ball around to Galloway, Clayton and Alex Smith. He seemed to slightly prefer Galloway when it came to deep passes even though Clayton had one more target than Galloway. Alex Smith was definitely his main target in the red zone.

2005 Week 2 vs BUF (16 / 22 / 136 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

A very efficient day for Griese who connected on 72% of his passes but for only 136 yards. More than one third of Griese's yards came on three completions to Michael Clayton. Once Williams softened the defense, Griese was able to hit Clayton to set up the two touchdowns. The first touchdown was set up by a nice scrambling toss to Clayton who was stopped at the one. In the third quarter Griese hit Clayton on a crisp 30 yard pass in the seam that went to the six yard line. Griese nearly scored a rushing TD when he was stopped at the one on a rollout. An overall good job of managing the game.

2005 Week 3 vs GB (17 / 26 / 139 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

An impressive running game, opened up a play action touchdown pass from Griese to Joey Galloway during Tampa Bay's opening drive. Griese found the pass protection he needed throughout the game. He connected with eight different receivers though he favored Michael Clayton and Joey Galloway. He rolled out of the pocket to connect with Galloway for the five yard touchdown in the first quarter. And then in the second quarter of play, he threw another touchdown pass, this one for ten yards to Joey Galloway. He did have one pass batted down. And in the second quarter, he was forced to throw away the ball, Griese probably should have been called for intentional grounding but was not and the Buccaneers made a field goal. Griese was rushed and threw a poor pass that was intercepted by Ahmad Carroll in the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 4 vs DET (22 / 39 / 302 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

It was an up and down day for Brian Griese. He did complete 22 of his 39 passing attempts for 302 yards. He threw a 41 yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman. And then to open the second half, Griese threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to Joey Galloway who outran the Lions' defense to score. He keyed in on Joey Galloway targeting him 14 times in the game. A number of Griese's incompletions were due to his receivers simply dropping the ball or having it go through their hands. But Griese was responsible for all four of the Tampa Bay turnovers that kept the Lions in the game. He fumbled the ball at the beginning of the second quarter. It was the first fumble that the Buccaneers have lost all season. Griese also threw three interceptions. And a fourth was called back because of a holding penalty against the Lions.

2005 Week 5 vs NYJ (27 / 42 / 226 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Griese had a rough day against the Jets' defense failing not just to pass for a touchdown but failing to lead his team into the end zone. He threw for 226 yards with 27 completions on 42 attempts. Ty Law intercepted him twice, but one was called back because of a defensive pass interference call. Griese was sacked two plays in a row on the second drive of the game and he never really found a rhythm from that point in the game, even though he was only sacked one more time.

2005 Week 6 vs MIA (12 / 16 / 120 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Griese was on his way to a nice game, completing 12 of 16 for 120 and a touchdown, before having his knee rolled on by Dolphin LB Zach Thomas late in the second quarter. He led the Buccaneers to a score on their opening drive, connecting with Joey Galloway from seven yards out. The extent of his injury was unknown, but the early word is that they fear it could be an ACL injury that could possibly end Griese's season.